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Kona Kai Club, San Diego, CA (hotel)
TIKIBOSKO
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Posted: 2013-01-16 09:16 am   Permalink

Hey Kiara it is a Witco, it's located at the Half Moon now.

 
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kiara
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Posted: 2013-01-16 2:57 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-01-16 09:16, TIKIBOSKO wrote:
Hey Kiara it is a Witco, it's located at the Half Moon now.



Thought so but didn't want to jump to any conclusions. Thanks!


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-01-16 3:40 pm   Permalink

I spotted that Tiki when I stayed there back in 2008.



They added a little paint.

DC


 
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kiara
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Posted: 2013-01-16 4:16 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-01-16 15:40, Dustycajun wrote:
I spotted that Tiki when I stayed there back in 2008.



They added a little paint.

DC



Painted and hidden behind a bush. This Tiki has been shamed....


 
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Birken Stox
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Posted: 2014-03-16 5:28 pm   Permalink

"The entrance is the most likely area to see Tikification.
While I doubt that they will copy Humbphrey's majestic A-frame, it is possible that their designers will take inspiration from Shelter Island's Tiki history."

Entrance is the area Noble House will not "tikify". The foyer ("entrance"), as it has been redone currently, screams out - GO AWAY! or, YARD SALE! depending on your politics.

In fact, only the pool area has been tikified... little huts, umbrellas and what not. The pool deck will be redone but the pool/jacuzzi configuration will remain the same (lap pool stays!).

The restaurant is now named "Vessel".

The pool area and gym/spa are going to close April 1, 2014 and "reopen" June 30, 2014. Noble House is adding a 6 room "spa treatment center", where a good portion of the gym/yoga facilities are now. The gym will lose 40% of the existing square footage, the yoga/pilates/karate room will move to the Marina office building (or not).

The old Marina offices will become a two story affair. Yacht offices sales offices below and meeting/yoga/pilates space upstairs (marina offices will be closed during remodeling/buildout until late October 2014).

Noble House is attempting to Kimptonize the property with "vibe". See their Edgewater Seattle property.

The most successful the place has been in recent years was during the summer parties/luaus on the small private beach, however, Noble House put a stop to that activity.


[ This Message was edited by: Birken Stox 2014-03-16 17:29 ]


 
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arriano
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2014-03-17 11:31 am   Permalink

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On 2014-03-16 17:28, Birken Stox wrote:

The most successful the place has been in recent years was during the summer parties/luaus on the small private beach, however, Noble House put a stop to that activity.

[ This Message was edited by: Birken Stox 2014-03-16 17:29 ]



I went to one of those luaus with friends a couple of years ago. It was a lot of fun and there were A LOT of people attending. So no wonder they cancelled them.

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Doornbos
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Posted: 2014-04-14 09:50 am   Permalink

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On 2011-12-12 15:22, bigbrotiki wrote:
Bosko, does your research mention WHO the Hollywood set designer was?

And what is that connection between Jerry Lewis and San Diego Tiki?




bigbrotiki wrote:[/i]
Bosko, does your research mention WHO the Hollywood set designer was?

And what is that connection between Jerry Lewis and San Diego Tiki?


[/quote]

Bigbrotiki, I stayed at the Kona Kai in the mid to late 1960s and Jerry Lewis was staying 3 or 4 doors down. It was a big deal to me as a little kid. My grandmother kept her boats at the Kona Kai (at least through 1979 and spent a lot of time there. She pointed out Jerry Lewis' yacht to me in the marina, not far from her "Sea Flea". He was keeping his boat there full time as well, making him one more Kona Kai member.I spent the whole time I was there and not otherwise occupied cruising past Lewis' yacht, hoping to catch a glimpse of him. The one thing I remember seeing daily was the remnants of lots of drinking set out of his hotel room door every morning It was definitely a party in the 60s!


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-05-12 09:17 am   Permalink

Today's Locating Tiki post - a nice old slide photo of the Kona Kai.





DC


 
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A Frame
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From: Mr. C's on the Coast Highway
Posted: 2014-05-13 11:14 am   Permalink

Hey DC, the geography gods have asked me to flip your outstanding slide to it's correct orientation for you. I only wish I could have been on Shelter Island in the early 60's to have seen it myself!



 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-07-03 12:29 pm   Permalink

Another postcard with an aerial view of the Kona Kai Club resort.




DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 4 days ago; 4:38 pm   Permalink

Photo of the Kona Inn sign next door to the Kona Kai.




DC


 
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